A new alliance of mental health providers and service users has been launched to improve the health and well-being of the people of Sheffield. The Synergy mental health alliance has more than 100 members including voluntary organisations, decision makers from the local authority, GP’s, and experts by lived experience working together to improves the lives of people with mental health issues. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor spoke to Rachel Siviter, independent chair of Synergy.
Six local football teams joined a five aside tournament this week at the UMIX Centre in a collaboration between Sheffield Theatres and Football Unites Racism Divide to encourage mental health discussion. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A conference on how to tackle youth violence in the UK brought together academics, practitioners and members of the public to discuss links between youth violence, masculinity and mental health. The conference was organised as a collaboration involving the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Lord Mayor Magid Magid, Unity Gym Project & Sheffield Flourish. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Temi Mwale, director of the London based youth organisation, 4Front.
Mental health charities Adira, Sheffield Flourish and Mind hosted a well-attended conference at Sheffield’s Victoria Hall on mental health in Black and minority ethnic communities. The event, titled “Mental Health and Me”, sought to address the taboos and cultural barriers to access mental health services and information, including speakers, panel discussion with mental health service providers and break out spaces for conversation. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The president of Sheffield Hallam University Students Union is backing a new campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues. The Mind Your Head campaign calls for greater attention to mental health at universities. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Abdullah Okud, president of SHUSU.
A government funded programme to trial a new approach to work related healthcare is underway in Sheffield City Region. The Working Win scheme will offer personalised and intensive support to people in work or seeking work and who are experiencing mental or physical health challenges. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield-based performance artist, Jess Gibson, is looking to reduce the stigma around mental health using theatre and creative workshops as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
A charity worker who blogs daily about dealing with mental health issues has been nominated for a National Diversity Award. Sarah Cardwell, a mother of two and executive assistant at the Good Things Foundation charity spoke to Sheffield Live! about how she hoped to remove the stigma of mental health and help others by sharing her experience. Azz Mohammed reports.
Two Sheffield students have launched a campaign to make websites harmful to mental health subject to regulation including a requirement to carry a pop-up warning notice. The initiative is in response to the growth in online content advocating for harmful behaviour including pro-self harm, pro-eating disorder and pro-suicide website. Jess Mell and Aiden Mortimer have started a petition on the issue calling for government action and have spoken about their own experiences. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
A new creative art and fundraising event Funk ‘n’ Doodle, hosted at The Albion pub on London Road, has raised over £7,000 for Mind, the mental health charity. The event, bringing people together to destress by doodling and dancing to a funky soundtrack of up and coming Sheffield DJ’s, is the debut promotion of Fellevents, a student-led arts collective. Nick Coleman reports for Sheffied Live! This report contains some flashing images.